Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)

Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)


A gripping portrayal of London's darkish felony underbelly, released in Penguin Classics with an advent by way of Philip Horne.

The tale of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by way of evil and adversity from his first breath - surprised readers while it used to be released. After working clear of the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver unearths himself lured right into a den of thieves peopled by means of bright and remarkable characters - the crafty Dodger, vicious burglar invoice Sikes, his puppy Bull's Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over through crafty master-thief Fagin. Combining components of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and renowned melodrama, Dickens created a completely new form of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a merciless society, and pervaded through an unforgettable feel of risk and mystery.

This Penguin Classics variation of Oliver Twist is the 1st serious version to faithfully reproduce the textual content as its earliest readers may have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley's Miscellany, and comprises an creation via Philip Horne, a word list of Victorian thieves' slang, a chronology of Dickens's existence, a map of latest London and all of George Cruikshank's unique illustrations.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better via introductions and notes through distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

Show sample text content

Download sample